Video Lesson: Don't mess up with the tones!  (Newbie, Module 1)

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  Instructor: Marc Length: 04:32
  Knowledge Point: Review of Chinese Tones (Newbie, Module 1)
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Do you know the four things that could make you overweight? And do you know that they have exactly the same syllable with different tones in Chinese?
fabian says
Sorry for the negative feedback, but I think there is a problem with the website's grading system. After I have done all the exercices correctly, I got a score of only 67. This also happened with several other previous lessons, where I got only 80 points or 67, although I answered everything correctly :(
January 14, 2014 Reply
Helen Zhang (Chinese Teacher) in reply to fabian
Hi Fabian,
Thank you for letting us know about this. We want to make sure you get correct scores so you can keep track of your progress. Some of the records of the exercises you completed are not correct and we have fixed it so it should score correctly from now on. Please feel free to check it out and let me know if this problem continues. Also, as a note, you won’t get full marks if you checked out “hints” before choosing the correct answers when you do video exercises. I’m not sure if this was the case for you or not. 
Hope you get good scores!   加油 (Jiayou!)  :)
January 20, 2014 Reply
adlina18 says
I really enjoyed the lesson. I think it takes a little practice to master recognizing the four tones. Thanks for a great lesson.
May 2, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to adlina18
Thanks for your support, adlina18! We are trying to use a simple way to explain pinyin or grammar, and we hope it can make the lessons more easy to learn. Do you have any difficulty in learning tones? If you have any questions, feel free to let us know, we can talk about it. :)
May 2, 2013 Reply
Starfall says
Thank you! This is the best lesson on tones I have seen so far. The exact descriptions ("a fast and powerful falling tone") as well as the examples really helped me with understanding how tones are used correctly. As a native English speaker, proper and natural sounding tones has been the hardest part about Chinese to get right.
February 11, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Starfall
Hi Starfall! Thank you for liking this lesson! We would like to help master this aspect of Chinese pronunciation. Some say it's the hardest part, and what we're trying to do is to make it as easy as possible. Could you please let us know which one of the tones you think is the most difficult for you to learn?
February 20, 2013 Reply
amanda says
Oh boy, I'm a little bit overwhelmed now...Trying to get my ears around the difference.
January 17, 2013 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to amanda
Hi amanda! This lesson is kind of a review lesson about the tones. If you have just started to learn Chinese pinyin system, you could watch other videos in the Tone It Up channel. And you could post your questions here and we will answer them for you.
January 18, 2013 Reply
Taibangle says
Ni3 hao3 Mark...Tone It Up has such important content for someone learning to speak Chinese. It truly is the foundation the starting point to really be able to speak and listen well. I really thought the explanation of the four things that could make someone overweight was very interesting and insightful into Chinese culture. I love how learning just one syllable and changing the tone brings new meaning. So cool.  I can't wait to try this new information out on my Chinese friends....Your explanation of how to make the four tones and neutral tone was easy to follow...but to become natural needs much practice. Very easy to see why tone changes can make all the difference in communicating. 3Q Mark
December 28, 2012 Reply
Ellie_Chinese teacher in reply to Taibangle
Thank you for liking this video taibangle. Our goal is to let you know more about tones, which don't exist in most of the languages. In the near future we would make some videos practicing tones, please stay tuned. What other aspects do you want to learn about Chinese pronunciation? Please let us know that, too.
January 2, 2013 Reply
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